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Lester Raymond Stone, Jr
Birth: Jun. 4, 1947
Death: Mar. 3, 1969

Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Vietnam War in the United States Army as a Sergeant in the 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal). He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery west of Landing Zone Liz, Republic of Vietnam, on March 3, 1969. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Stone, distinguished himself while serving as squad leader of the 1st Platoon. The 1st Platoon was on a combat patrol mission just west of Landing Zone Liz when it came under intense automatic weapons and grenade fire from a well concealed company-size force of North Vietnamese regulars. Observing the platoon machinegunner fall critically wounded, Sgt. Stone remained in the exposed area to provide cover fire for the wounded soldier who was being pulled to safety by another memberof the platoon. With enemy fire impacting all around him, Sgt. Stone had a malfunction in the machinegun, preventing him from firing the weapon automatically. Displaying extraordinary courage under the most adverse conditions, Sgt. Stone repaired the weapon and continued to place on the enemy positions effective suppressive fire which enabled the rescue to be completed. In a desperate attempt to overrun his position, an enemy force left its cover and charged Sgt. Stone. Disregarding the danger involved, Sgt. Stone rose to his knees and began placing intense fire on the enemy at pointblank range, killing 6 of the enemy before falling mortally wounded. His actions of unsurpassed valor were a source of inspiration to his entire unit, and he was responsible for saving the lives of a number of his fellow soldiers. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military profession and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army". His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family by President Richard Nixon on April 7, 1970. 
 
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Chenango Valley Cemetery
Binghamton
Broome County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 13, 2002
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Thank you for your courageous and sacrificial service to our country in battle!
- John S. Sims
 Added: Apr. 30, 2015

- sjm
 Added: Mar. 3, 2015
Rest in Peace, Lester.
- Ohio Viet Nam Vet
 Added: Mar. 3, 2015
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